Top Ten Ways to Beat Fatigue
- Eat more protein. For a well-balanced
diet, 30% of your intake should be from protein. You can obtain
this mainly from lean meat, fish and eggs, but good vegetarian
sources of protein are: nuts, pulses, milk, whole grains, and
- Drink more water. Dehydration is
a major cause of fatigue and most people don't drink enough water.
Sufficient water is needed in order to facilitate even basic metabolic
processes within the body, and if you are not taking enough water
the ability to do this starts to break down. Drink at least 6-8
glasses a day.
- Take energy-boosting neutraceuticals
- Gingko Biloba - "the brain booster"
- start with 60mg a day.
- Ginseng - "the invigorating herb"
- Siberian Ginseng for general loss of energy, or Amercian Ginseng
for tiredness caused by nervous conditions or insomnia
- Echinacea - "the flu fighter"
- at the first sign of a cold or flu, take 300 mg three times
a day for 10-14 uninterrupted days.
Always check with a qualified practitioner
before taking any supplements or herbal preparations.
- Learn to relax - practising a relaxation
technique on a daily basis sets up the relaxation response
which allows the muscles, internal organs and brain to take a
deep rest, resulting in improved energy levels.
- Breathe deeply. Breathing properly
will increase your energy and mental alertness. In using the diaphragm
correctly when you breath you will take in the perfect amount
of Oxygen and expel Carbon Dioxide efficiently.
- Look at your diet -
- increase you intake of fresh fruit
and vegetables - up to at least 5 portions a day - they are
packed with immune-boosting antioxidant vitamins and minerals
- have 4-5 small meals a day rather
than 1or 2 big ones - this will help to keep your blood sugar
levels steady and prevent fatigue
- cut down on your intake of simple
sugars, alcohol and coffee - all these deplete your adrenal
glands and have a dramatic effect on energy levels
- eat simply and avoid fatty, greasy
and fried foods, as overloading your system can make you feel
sluggish and "liverish".
- Take B Vitamins - these are essential
for maintaining the nervous system and healthy red blood cells.
Either eat Vitamin B-rich foods - wholegrain cereals, wheat-germ,
eggs, lean meat, pulses, beans and fish - or take a Vitamin B
Complex supplement instead.
- Exercise regularly - to increase
your energy levels and improve your general health. Aim to exercise
for 20 minutes 3-4 times a week, ideally in the fresh air
- Try Essential Oils - the classic
energy boosting oils are:
- Juniper - use as a detoxifying
- Bergamot - uplifts depression
and general fatigue
- Ginger - massaging diluted ginger
oil over the kidney area will revive vital energy
- Rosemary -use several drops to
raise energy levels when stressed or tired
Put a few drops of essential oil in
the bath, or mix with a carrier, such as almond oil, and use as
a body massage oil.
- Go for an Energy Treatment - shiatsu,
or thai yoga
massage. These will relax, soothe and re-balance your
energy levels, leaving you feeling refreshed, alert and ready
to go. To find out more about complementary therapies to beat
fatigue go to Treatments
Implement most or all of these strategies
and you'll find your energy levels lifting dramatically. For prolonged
or persistent fatigue with no obvious cause, always consult a health
practitioner. To find one in your area go to the Practitioner
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